Thursday, July 5, 2012

Evidence, A Dance Company to Host its 9th Annual “On Our Toes”… In The Hamptons Summer Benefit Honoring Actress Ruby Dee

Evidence Dancers perform "Come Ye"

Legendary actress and philanthropist Ruby Dee to receive the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Gatekeeper Award

Jason Moran, award-winning jazz musician and composer, to receive the 2012 Visionary Gatekeeper Award

NEW YORK – Evidence, A Dance Company will host ts 9th Annual “On Our Toes”… In The Hamptons Summer Benefit, one of the premier cultural events of the Hamptons social season on Saturday, August 18, 2012, from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton. The contemporary dance company's mission is to promote understanding of the African Diaspora through music, movement and spoken word.

Evidence, A Dance Company will present a special performance of BETTER DAYS, choreographed by Founder and Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown. The piece is a spectacularly spirited, yet melancholy, dance work that pays homage to friends of the choreographer who have passed away and illustrates a nonlinear juxtaposition of present and past. Brown is the world-renowned choreographer of the Tony Award-winning The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess.

Distinguished guests from the arts and entertainment industry and the business community will gather on the sprawling grounds of the Hayground School to attend the annual benefit. The festive summer affair will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by a light dinner, auction, a dynamic performance by Evidence, dessert and their signature “Dancing with the Dancers.”

“Evidence’s Hamptons Summer Benefit honoring award-winning actress Ruby Dee, who has contributed more than 50 years to the arts, and Jason Moran, a young critically-acclaimed and respected jazz musician, is keeping with our mission to strengthen connections to history and tradition through the arts as well as the spirit of our Gatekeepers Community Project, which seeks to bridge the gap between generations,” said Evidence’s Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown.

This year’s Event Chair is international financier Reginald Canal. Event Co-Chairs are artist, educator and activist Jon Snow, co-founder of the Hayground School, and financial advisor Lola C. West, Managing Director of West Fuller Advisors LLC. The Young Patrons Chair is Jenna Bond-Louden. To date, Belvedere Vodka and Prudential are the Corporate Sponsors for “On Our Toes”… In the Hamptons.

For tickets to the Hamptons Summer Benefit, please visit or call The JFM Group at 914-235-1490 x11 or email Individual tickets are $350 and $500. Sponsor packages begin at $5,000.

See highlights from last year's event here.